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Carlsbad's Trevor Rogers still taking rookie year with Marlins one game at a time

Matthew Asher, Carlsbad Current-Argus
Miami Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers throws during a Spring Training workout at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida on February 14, 2020. On Feb. 24, Rogers pitched one relief inning against St. Louis and recorded a win for the Marlins.

If the Miami Marlins consider the 2020 season a tryout for Trevor Rogers, he's done everything possible thus far to keep himself on the main roster after Miami once again named him a starter — this time for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Carlsbad baseball alumni has come a long way since being drafted No. 13 overall by the Marlins in 2017.

After two starts with Miami, both against the New York Mets, Rogers is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.0. He's struck out 11 batters in nine combined innings of work, and Miami won both games.

The Marlins haven't made an announcement about Rogers' position in the rotation, so Rogers is simply focusing on his next game.

"They really haven't told me anything," Rogers said. "I've had two good starts, and I'm still here. I take that as a 'No news is good news' type thing."

Rogers started out the season with the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp squad, and he was allowed to pitch for the Marlins as a non-roster invite during spring training. He did well enough to be selected as one of Miami's backups during the 60-game regular season.

After nearly half the season preparing with the other "taxi squad" members, the Marlins gave Rogers his first MLB experience with about a 36-hour notice that he would travel to New York to face the Mets.

After the first game, Rogers wasn't sure if he'd be sent back down to Jupiter, Florida and wait for another call from the Marlins.

Miami decided to keep Rogers on the roster and gave him another opportunity to start in a make-up game.

After his win in his second game, Rogers is now part of the Marlins rotation and will pitch against Tampa on Sunday. He's also scheduled to pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 11 in Miami.

To prepare for his next opponent, Rogers spends a few days before his next start with Miami pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. to come up with a basic plan of attack.

"Me being a new guy, we don't do an in-depth scouting report," Rogers said. "He'll show me some things for notes, and they downloaded a little app so I can look at heat maps (where a batter makes the most contact inside the strike zone)."

The Tampa Bay game is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. on Sunday and the Phillies game on Sept. 11 is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

Matthew Asher covers sports for the Carlsbad Current-Argus. He can be reached at 575-628-5524, masher@currentargus.com or @Caveman_Masher on Twitter.  

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